By Morgan Tarpley
So blogging and I have quite the sporadic relationship…and I haven’t been able to figure out how to make it work.
I don’t know about you but when I started this journey of novel writing and the road to publication I read over and over that you must have an online presence and blogging is one of the best ways to do it. So, yes, I started a blog and then I got really bored with it.
Don’t get me wrong. I loved the idea of my blog about travel and writing. It was just the execution that didn’t go so well. I couldn’t keep up. I was feeling the pressure of blogging when I really wanted to just focus on my novel.
I also realized I have way too many hobbies and interests to limit myself to just those two areas for writing fodder. So I decided to ditch my original blog and take a break for a good while (err…cough…a year). Anyway, I do agree that blogging can be a great way to build an online presence I just hadn’t found a way it worked for me.
All my planned novels touch on a little bit of a different pastime, etc. that I enjoy, so I thought why not simply have a blog that features all of my favorite things—which, of course, appear in my novels. This may not be a plan recommended by the literary industry, but I say if you’re going to do a blog it needs to be something you’re passionate about and a subject/s that you can write about continuously. Because the thing about blogs is you have to post to have one. (Genius notion, right? Haha.)
These thoughts led me to ask my husband if he would start a blog with me that features all of our favorite things. One way I have learned to be consistent on a blog is to have help, at least one other person to share the load. That’s proven true with this very blog and its myriad of fascinating contributors. It works.
Well, my husband and I have only just started our blog (www.wanderersforlife.com), but I hope we can use it to document our many adventures together and cover our many interests such as travel, food, style, faith, etc. and hopefully meet some like-minded folks along the way. But if it ends up just for us that’s okay too.So what is your take on blogs to build your online presence? Have you had a similar experience to mine? I’d love to hear some insight into your blogging experience. Have a great day everyone!
Morgan Tarpley is an award-winning newspaper reporter and photographer in Louisiana. She is also a contemporary-historical (dual time) novelist currently seeking representation. Besides writing and traveling to over a dozen countries, her interests include acting in her local theater, genealogy, photography, and singing. She resides in Louisiana with her husband.
For more information about Morgan, visit her website (www.morgantarpley.com) and the blog she has with her husband (www.wanderersforlife.com). You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Goodreads.